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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Nikkor AIS 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5 Review

Preparing the next article for the Wedding Photography Tips, I take a break to review the Nikkor AIS 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5.
Part 5 of the Wedding Photography series will be ready at some point next week. If you haven't done so yet, you can subscribe to the Amateur Nikon newsletter and get an email notification every time there is a new article on Amateur Nikon (~ once per week; you can unsubscribe any time)

This is a pretty interesting lens, as it was in production for only a year before being replaced by an AF version. It's not particularly rare, nor does it have any great collector's value, but it's still not very easy to find. It's pretty cheap in the used market, so perhaps many people wonder how it compares to a modern AF midrange zoom.

Midrange zooms are excellent options for a casual day near the nature.
As long as the light is plenty, you'll enjoy yourself

Thursday, August 21, 2014

5 Great Tips for Tattoo Photography

Once upon a time, tattoos were something only sailors and people of the underworld got. But nowadays, increasingly more people decide to decorate their skin with tattoo art. As a result, there is an increasingly growing need for good tattoo photos. If you have ever tried to take such pics, you might have noticed that it's not as easy as it initially seems. Today's article will give you 5 simple tips for stunning tattoo photography.

Don't become preoccupied about showing the entire tattoo. Focus on showing emotions and thoughts

 First of All, Let's Define Tattoo Photography:
We need to differentiate between Tattoo Photography and simply photographing a tattoo.
The latter is nothing but quasi-documentary macro photography, really (unless if the tattoo covers the entire back of someone). What I mean by that is, when you want to simply take a photo of a tattoo, whether because you're a tattoo artist documenting your work or for other purposes, there isn't much complexity. You simply have the person stay still, throw plenty of even, soft light on the tattoo (watch out for unwanted reflections), and you take the photo. Simple. But that's not what you came here for, right?

Tattoo Photography is more than simply taking a photo of a tattoo. The goal, as with every portrait photograph, is to portray feelings, emotions, and thoughts - the tattoo simply has to become a part of this framework. Think of it as taking a photo of a painter with her brushes, a basketball player with his ball, or a rally driver with her helmet.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Wedding Photography Tips - Part 4, Editing & Post-Processing

The wedding is over, the guests have gone home, and the couple are on their way to Barbados or somewhere. And you did a good job taking photos - if you followed Amateur Nikon's advice, that is ;)
But no, your job is not over yet. In a sense, it's just about to begin! You see, capturing the image is only the first half; it's akin to gathering the ingredients of the recipe to great wedding photographs. Now, you must mix them and blend them, shake 'em and bake 'em, to produce some really stunning images. Today, we'll be talking about editing and post-processing wedding photos.

Careful Post-processing Can Work Wonders for Your Images

DOs and DON'Ts of Wedding Photography Editing
As with any kind of photography editing, it is important that you have an editing strategy. That means, you should approach the editing process holistically, in its entirety. Don't pick up an image, forget about all other images, then start applying some quasi-random filters on it to see how it looks. Having an editing strategy means that all or most images of a certain group must look similar. In other words, if you have a group of, say, 10 images from the bride walking down the aisle, you shouldn't process 3 of them with harsh shadows, 4 of them with creamy highlights, 2 with HDR-like midtones, also throwing a sepia into the image cauldron. You should maintain consistency of style, while having variations in composition.